Our 2015 Bay-A-Thon Wraps Up

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Raffle winner Steven L. receives a day pack donated from REI.

Over 1,600 Save The Bay donors helped us hit our $80,000 goal for our 2015 Bay-A-Thon campaign! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, every Bay-A-Thon gift has been doubled in value, meaning that a total of $160,000 will go toward protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay.

This year we launched our first ever Bay-A-Thon REI Sweepstakes and had over 1,000 people sign up for a chance to win $1,000 of donated camping gear from REI. This year’s Sweepstake winner was Mike V. from Berkeley who has been a member and advocate of Save The Bay since 2010. Congratulations to Mike V. and a huge thank you to REI for their generous Bay-A-Thon gear donation and long-time partnership in restoring critical Bay shoreline habitat.

In addition to your financial support, 30 volunteers participated in our Bay-A-Thon restoration program held at our Palo Alto Baylands site.  Volunteers weeded a large patch of invasive mustard, radish and Italian thistle and pulled over 600 lbs of weeds! Philip and Alan from REI participated in a fun raffle giveaway and enthusiastically participated in weeding invasive plants.  Steven L. was the lucky winner of the raffle, winning a day pack donated from REI.

A big, huge Bay-A-Thon THANK YOU to our generous donors, REI and volunteers for your commitment and support of San Francisco Bay!

You can protect and restore our Bay too.  Learn how you can get your hands dirty and help plant native species.

The Envelope Please: Save The Bay’s Calendar Contest Wraps Up

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Photographs by local photographers Mike Oria, Hank Christensen, Karen Eul, Dave Gordon, Nancy Parker, Fred Rowe, Steve Zamek, Jill Zwicky will be featured in our 2016 calendar.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs to our 2016 Save The Bay Calendar contest sharing with us their unique perspectives on our Bay.  We had an amazing 194 photographers submit photos ranging from landscapes highlighting Chrissy Field  and McLaughlin Eastshore State Park to photos featuring birds including the Long Billed Curlew and Marbled Godwits.

I’m pleased to share the winners of the 2016 Calendar Photo Contest. These photos highlight the unique, inspiring and strikingly beautiful images of San Francisco Bay. Each one of these pictures reminds me why I’m passionate about protecting, restoring and celebrating San Francisco Bay.

The Votes Are In:

Since May 19th, votes have been coming in via our Facebook page on who will be the People’s Choice Award. Hundreds of people voted for the cover shot of the 2016 Save The Bay calendar. Our fans have spoken! Congratulations to Mike Oria and his photo “Sunrise from Sausalito” for winning the People’s Choice Award.

Photo of a sunrise over San Francisco Bay the city. By Mike Oria.
Sunrise from Sausalito, California. Photo by: Mike Oria

The team and I will be working to produce the 2016 Save The Bay calendar in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned from an update from me when the calendars are ready to be unveiled.

Many thanks again to all the generous and talented photographers who entered this year’s Calendar Photo Contest. Thank you all for helping to visually tell the story of why our Bay is so important!

Hit us with your best shot!

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Save The Bay is launching our first ever Bay photo contest. And we need your submission!

As a benefit of membership, Save The Bay publishes a full-color, full-sized wall calendar featuring famous San Francisco Bay vistas and its flora and fauna.  The photos in our calendar remind us why this region is so beloved both to locals and visitors—sweeping vistas filled with light and color, incredible bridges and the wonder of wildlife, both large and small.  And we would love to include your photo in the 2016 Save The Bay calendar.

The technical aspects:

All photos should be landscape orientation and should be 3300 x 2500 pixels or larger.  They can be uploaded via this page. Please see terms and conditions outlined on the webpage.

The subject matter:

We’ve included some greatest hits from calendars past above for some inspiration.  If you think you have a new and unique perspective that highlights our mission to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, please submit!

What’s in it for you:

The fame and glory of potentially having your photo published! And knowing that you contributed your photo to helping protect and restore our Bay.  Photos that end up in the calendar receive a Save The Bay t-shirt, tote bag and a cash prize of $50 as well as recognition in our Annual Report for your in-kind contribution.

The deadline:

May 1st, 2015

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” – Ansel Adams

I can’t wait to see your photographs!

Mommy Bloggin’ for the Bay | Snoopy by the Shoreline

Mommy Bloggin’ for the Bay chronicles one parent’s journey to bring the Bay to the kid and the kid to the Bay.

Where else can you have expansive views of the Bay AND see Snoopy fighting with the Red Baron?  Along the Emeryville/Berkeley shoreline of course!

Being a Bay Area child of the 80’s, I remember looking for Snoopy and the Red Baron out the car window during trips through the East Bay.  And when I heard the Snoopy sculptures were back, I had to take my little dude to see them. What better way to bring my kid to the Bay! It’s just the right amount of whimsy and outdoor adventure for the whole family, with the beautiful Bay as the back drop.

How to find it? Along W. Frontage Road and the Bay Trail in Emeryville, park by the 80 S on-ramp (map) and take a walk on the pier to see the Snoopy and the Red Baron engaged in an epic dogfight. There happen to be spectacular views of Mt. Tam, Angel Island and the East Bay hills. And we even got a glimpse of some wintering ducks!

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Snoopy fights the Red Baron along the Emeryville/Berkeley shoreline.

Snoofee (as Ollie pronounces it) was a big hit.  Even our family dog enjoyed stretching his legs along the boardwalk and Bay Trail.

If you travel north on the Frontage Road, between Ashby and University, you will see Snoopy on his red and white dog house out in the Bay.  Driving by we say, “I spy Snoopy on his dog house!”

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“I spy Snoopy on his dog house!”

Do you remember the Snoopy and Red Baron sculptures? What is your favorite whimsical shoreline adventure? Share your memories with the “peanut” gallery:

Mommy Bloggin’ for the Bay | Starting out small.

Mommy Bloggin’ for the Bay chronicles one parent’s journey to bring the Bay to the kid and the kid to the Bay.

One of my favorite children’s books to read to my 3-year old son is Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle.  If you have read it, you know how charming and simple this book is.  I enjoy reading it to him and naming the native North American animals that appear along the way.  He thinks the blue heron and red fox are funny.

This book inspired a game that Ollie and I play to discover the unique animals in our backyard and neighborhood.  Here are some of our favorites that we have discovered together:

Ollie Bear, Ollie Bear…what do you see?

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Anna’s Hummingbird by Rick Lewis

I see an Anna’s Hummingbird zipping by me.

Ollie Bear, Ollie Bear…what do you see?

White tailed kite
White tailed kite by Maggie.Smith

I see a white kite glaring at me!

Ollie Bear, Ollie Bear what do you see?

Cabbage white Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly by Ed Gaillard

I see a Cabbage White Butterfly fluttering by me.

Through playing this game, which is fun and engaging for both of us, I hope to teach my kid how to treat and appreciate the amazing natural treasure that is right in our backyard, San Francisco Bay.

Do you have any kid-friendly and Bay-themed games, books, trips or ideas? Please share in the comments.  I’m always looking for new and creative ways to have some outdoor related fun with my little dude.